Today's "I am" is that I am Broke.
When I started 2011 I was on track to make a whopping $18,000. But then I lost my job in May, was unemployed for a few months and am currently underemployed. I finished lat year at $14,000. I am on track to make $24,000 this year but I am hoping to have a full time teaching job in the fall so hopefully that will go up.
All of this has taught me a lot, though.
- It has taught me how to organize my money, and that it is possible to do a lot with a little.
- It has taught me that there are a lot of ways to have fun, spend time with friends, and entertain a toddler that are free. It is easy to cook for friends, and the baby loves the park, and I made a few small investments to provide prolonged fun. I bought a zoo pass, I bought a cheap computer, I use the library a LOT, and I bought a gym membership.
- It has taught me to budget and keep track of my money so that when I make more I won't just blow it all. It has also taught me that using a cash wallet system is a much better idea then just pretending I can keep track of my money in my head.
- Finally, it has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to.
What have you learned so far in your personal fiance journey?